Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Amanda, what are Hungarians like?

2. At the end of Act II, Victor and Sibyl walk into Amanda's apartment to find what?

3. What do Amanda and Elyot keep doing to the gramophone?

4. How did Amanda feel when she first met Victor?

5. What is prominently displayed in Amanda's flat?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the things that initially attracted Amanda to Victor?

2. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

3. What are Amanda's beliefs?

4. Elyot muses that he and Amanda are clearly in love after they have a small tiff. Amanda protests that he should not sound so bitter about the fact. Why would Elyot sound bitter or resigned when saying that he and Amanda are in love?

5. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

6. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

7. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

8. Why does it seem that Elyot and Amanda are able to forgive each other silently during their time-outs?

9. Is Amanda being honest when she says she would never have been happy with Victor and how is it apparent?

10. What do Victor and Sibyl do at the end of Act II when they see Amanda and Elyot fighting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Elyot claims that women are all manipulative and crafty. Do you believe that Amanda and Sibyl are particularly manipulative? If they both are manipulative, is it in the same way and to achieve the same goals? Why or why not? What is the point of the manipulations? Are Victor and Elyot manipulative as well?

Essay Topic 2

Amanda and Elyot speak about how they used to slap each other around, culminating in a knock-down, drag-out fight at the end of Act II. What is the point of the physical violence in this play? Could the play have existed without the final fight at the end of Act II? What does it show about the characters?

Essay Topic 3

Could there be any social repercussions from having domestic violence shown in an amusing light? What would happen if Elyot slapping Amanda did not lead to humorous results? How is a woman being slapped funny in this context? If you do not find it funny, then what would realistically happen if Amanda and Elyot were to really fight that way? Is it ever alright to use this for comedy? You may cite examples from other movies, plays, or books to support your answer, but make sure to use it alongside the text of the play.

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